Kevin Durant is sitting out Friday night’s Oklahoma City Thunder game against the Boston Celtics to rest his shoulder. The announcement from OKC coach Scott Brooks surprised many people because few realized the team’s star player was even bothered by a shoulder injury. Heck, KD did his best to hide it. But if you watched the Thunder’s game with the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, you saw that he was hurt worse than he let on.
Midway through the third quarter against the Spurs, Durant drove to the basket and was met by Tim Duncan. Duncan appeared to get a clean block, but Cory Joseph was called for a foul on the play for fouling KD from the side. Durant went down to the ground and was grabbing his right shoulder in pain, but he did not leave the game.
KD made both his free throws and the team’s next two baskets. He played the rest of the quarter and did not even sit out until the beginning of the fourth quarter.
Durant showed few signs of the shoulder injury bothering him, but that was the type of collision where players can suffer ligament damage. His shoulder really was unintentionally yanked down hard by Duncan.
Friday will mark the first time in Thunder history that Durant or Russell Westbrook do not play in a game for the team. Brooks told the media that Durant is not playing because of a medical decision.